The Netherlands made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1900. They missed the 1904 Olympics, but returned in 1908 and has competed ever since. The nation was the host of the 1928 Olympics held in Amsterdam. The Netherlands sends one of the largest teams with around 200 athletes competing since 1992. The athletes compete in most sports offered on the program.

The Netherlands has medaled at least once in all Summer Olympics it has competed in with the exception of 1956. In total the nation has won around 285 medals with the most successful sports being aquatics, cycling, rowing, equestrian, judo and sailing. The most successful summer athlete is swimmer Inge de Bruijn whom won eight medals (4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze) during the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. The events where she won those medals were the women’s 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly and the 4x100m freestyle relay. In 2016 the Netherlands won 19 medals.

Qualified Quotas


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Individual Dressage From Team Quota
From Team Quota
From Team Quota
Team Dressage Madeleine Witte-Vrees
Horse: Cennin
Hans Peter Minderhoud
Horse: Glock’s Dream Boy N.O.P.
Emmelie Scholtens
Horse: Apache
Edward Gal
Horse: Glock’s Zonik N.O.P.
Individual Jumping From Team Quota
From Team Quota
From Team Quota
Team Jumping Frank Schuttert
Horse: Chianti’s Champion
Marc Houtzager
Horse: Sterrehof’s Calimero
Jur Vrieling
Horse: VDL Glasgow v. Merelsnest N.O.P
Harrie Smolders
Horse: Don VHP Z N.O.P.


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s RS:X Dorian van Rijsselberghe
Women’s RS:X Lilian de Geus
Women’s Laser Radial Marit Bouwmeester
Men’s Finn Pieter-Jan Postma
Women’s 49erFX Annemiek Bekkering
Annette Duetz